The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday fielded 14 sitting MPs, including four union ministers, and dropped the only woman lawmaker from Rajasthan as it announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. In the first list, the BJP announced candidates for 16 of total 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.
The party has dropped the only woman MP from the state, Santosh Ahlawat, from Jhunjhunu seat and replaced her with Narendra Khinchad.
Union ministers Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur rural), PP Chaudhary (Pali) and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jodhpur) have made it to this list.
The party also retained Nihal Chand (Ganganagar), Sumedhanand (Sikar), Ramcharan Bohra (Jaipur), Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria (Tonk-Sawaimadhopur), Devji Patel (Jalore), Arjun Lal Meena (Udaipur), C P Joshi (Chittorgarh), Subhash Chand Baheria (Bhilwara), Om Birla (Kota) and Dushyant Singh (Jhalawar-Baran).
Dushyant Singh is the son of former chief minister Vasundhara Raje. In Ajmer, the party gave ticket to Bhagirath Bhagirath Chaudhary.
Ajmer Lok Sabha seat lies vacant after Congress's Raghu Sharma, who had won the Ajmer seat in the Lok Sabha bypoll held last year, was elected to the state legislative assembly in December.
Lok Sabha elections will be held in two phases in the state where 13 constituencies will go to polls on April 29 and remaining 12 on May 6.
As per the schedule, Tonk-Sawaimadhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran will go to polls on April 29.
Elections in Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur will take place on May 6.
Here is the complete list:
1. Ganganagar (SC): Nihal Chand Chauhan
2. Bikaner (SC): Arjun Ram Meghwal
3. Jhunjhunu: Narendra Khinchal
4. Sikar: Sumedhanand Saraswati
5. Jaipur Rural: Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
6. Jaipur: Ramcharan Bohra
7. Tonk-Sawai Madhopur: Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
8. Ajmer: Bhagirath Chaudhary
9. Pali: P P Chaudhary
10. Jodhpur: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
11. Jalore: Devji Mansingram Patel
12. Udaipur: Arjunlal Meena
13. Chittorgarh: C. P. Joshi
14. Bhilwara: Subhash Chandra Baheria
15. Kota: Om Birla
16. Jhalawar-Baran: Dushyant Singh